If you suffer from arthritis, it is likely that pain and stiffness limit your mobility and impact your quality of life. We want to help you maintain your highest level of mobility and minimize your pain. Many people with arthritis find themselves avoiding activities such as climbing stairs, exercising and enjoying community events. However, by limiting your motion and activities, pain and joint stiffness worsens. With the right selection of exercises, our experienced physical therapists can help you restore joint motion and decrease your pain, allowing you to go back to living your life.
During your physical therapy sessions, you will learn how to exercise your joints properly, increase your mobility and strength while decreasing joint stiffness. You will also learn adaptive strategies to help you perform daily activities such as dressing and climbing stairs with less pain. We are dedicated to ensuring you live your life at your best.
If you experience loss of balance while walking, dressing or performing daily activities, you could be facing a serious risk. Poor balance can lead to falls, bone fractures, head injuries and other serious injuries that severely impact you or your loved one’s quality of life and independence. Whether you suffer from poor balance as the result of injury/surgery or a gradual loss over time, you can benefit from a physical therapy balance program. From improving your golf swing to keeping you walking without a cane or walker, balance exercises are safe and effective in improving your quality of life. Our physical therapists are experts in balance training and fall prevention. We will perform a thorough evaluation, including a falls risk assessment, determine the cause of your balance problem and prescribe exercises that will improve your balance reactions and minimize your fall risk.
Come be a PT Plus fitness member! Keep up with physical therapy while transitioning out from formal care, or just enjoy all our facility has to offer. We have treadmills, ellipticals, NuStep machines, fitness bikes, strength training machines various physical therapy rehabilitation supplies available to you for continued treatment. Looking for a quiet place for your pilates or yoga workout?
We have yoga mats in Charlottesville and Crozet to stretch on. Relax, and spend your morning/afternoon working out with us. Our physical therapists are always on site and working with patients throughout the day. Have a fitness concern? Feel free to ask our trained professionals for a brief consultation as you exercise.
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an physical therapist or occupational therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.
Any loss of function through injury or accident may have a devastating effect on lives by limiting the use of the hands. The intricate anatomy of the arm and hand frequently requires delicate surgery, often with microscopic techniques. The technical complexity of these surgeries requires rehabilitative postoperative care from certified hand therapists who are highly trained, and knowledgeable about these advanced surgical techniques and post-op hand programs.
We appreciate how quickly you want to return to your normal level of activity after having a hip or knee replaced. Our comprehensive joint replacement rehabilitation program includes manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, balance and gait training will get you there.
Early, effective physical therapy is the key to ensuring you make a complete recovery following your surgery.
This process starts with pre-surgical training and education, and continues with the highest quality Home Health physical therapy. You will work one-on-one with your therapist to regain your range of motion and strength.
Using a hands-on approach to reduce your pain and restore your functional abilities, our physical therapists can help you get back to the things you enjoy doing most. We will create a customized exercise program that will help you make a full recovery and return to your active life as quickly as possible.
Our physical therapists have extensive training in manual therapy techniques. We use manual therapy as part of our comprehensive
treatment plan, aware that manual therapy can restore pain-free motion more quickly and effectively than exercise alone.
Manual therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that is delivered with a hands-on approach for orthopedic and neuromuscular dysfunctions to restore normal joint mobility and muscle tissue length or relaxation.
We prefer this therapy since it is found to reduce pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension and joint dysfunction. Our treatment strategies include joint mobilization, myofascial release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, strain-counter strain, trigger point release, muscle energy technique, and kinesio taping techniques.
As part of our comprehensive treatment plan, we also educate patients in proper posture and body mechanics to function more efficiently and reduce strain.
No one should expect to live with chronic back pain. Physical therapy is the preferred choice of physicians and patients to manage and eliminate pain associated with neck and back disorders. Whether you suffer from a muscle strain, disc disorder or spinal injury, you may benefit from physical therapy. Research shows that with the proper balance of manual treatment, exercise and education, you can once again live a healthy life without back pain.
Our proven approach includes manual therapy techniques to alleviate muscle spasms, improve your mobility and alignment, and decrease your pain. You will learn appropriate exercises to manage your pain and strengthen your spine. In our body mechanics education program, you will learn how to bend and lift properly as well as how to perform your desired activities such as sports and leisure activities, household chores, and gardening while avoiding injury.
Whether you were injured on the field, court or around your house, addressing your pain early can mean the difference between a quick returnto activity or a prolonged recovery. An early diagnosis and treatment plan for your injury is important to get you back to competition, work, and life.
Following a comprehensive evaluation of your musculoskeletal injury by our experienced physical therapists, you will receive manual therapy such as joint and muscle mobilization, personalized exercise to address muscular imbalances and insufficiency, and education in proper posture and body mechanics for a quick recovery and avoid re-occurrence.
All of our therapists are Direct Access Certified, allowing you to see a physical therapist without a doctor’s referral. Most insurance companies in the state of Virginia do not require a physician’s referral (with the exception of Medicare).
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If you experience dizziness, you may have problems with your vestibular system, one of your body’s main balance systems. Symptoms that your vestibular system is not performing as it should include vertigo (the illusion you are moving when you are standing still), imbalance, dizziness, frequent falls, and headaches. Second only to low back pain, these are the symptoms that bring most people to physical therapists. In our initial examination, we will investigate if your vertigo is being caused by out-of-place inner ear crystals. If you have been diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) we can treat this and cure it. Dizziness, the sensation of being lightheaded, can be caused by a number of factors including high or low blood pressure, medications and poor prescription glasses. We will provide tests to help determine the cause of your dizziness and then custom-design a program to treat it. Other conditions we routinely treat include Meniere’s Disease, dizziness from neck pain (cervicogenic dizziness), low functioning vestibular systems and dizziness from your central nervous system. We will help analyze your risk of falls and offer you strategies to prevent future falls.
Physical Therapy Can Treat:
PT Plus is pleased to offer a program to address women’s health issues, featuring Elizabeth Poole, MSPT. Elizabeth is a physical therapist specializing in treatment of common ailments that women experience. She is skilled in offering a Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Program. The scope of physical therapy practice for treatment of the pelvic floor includes: incontinence, pelvic/ vaginal pain, prenatal and postpartum musculosketelal pain, wellness, and exercise. Her expertise covers thorough evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor, lumbar and abdominal muscles and the mechanics and alignment of the low back and pelvis.
Women across the life span, from those of childbearing years to the menopausal and elderly, benefit from physical therapy. Each woman is given an individualized program based on her needs and symptoms. The goal is to give each patient the knowledge and tools to improve the function of the pelvic floor as it relates to her overall well being.
The program consists of thorough evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor, lumbar and abdominal muscles and lumbar/pelvic mechanics and alignment.
Diagnoses and treatment include:
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.
Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Regular, moderate physical activity can help manage stress and improve your mood. And, being active on a regular basis may help reduce feelings of depression. Studies also suggest that exercise can improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function, such as your ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information.
Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls. Scientists have found that staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.
Regular physical activity and exercise are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can also help you stay strong and fit enough to keep doing the things you like to do as you get older. Making exercise and physical activity a regular part of your life can improve your health and help you maintain your independence as you age.
Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.
Some people may wonder what the difference is between physical activity and exercise. Physical activities are activities that get your body moving such as gardening, walking the dog and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Exercise is a form of physical activity that is specifically planned, structured, and repetitive such as weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class. Including both in your life will provide you with health benefits that can help you feel better and enjoy life more as you age.
Among her many talents, Elizabeth Poole is mat trained in pilates by APPI. Rehab Pilates is a method developed by Physical Therapist using the original 34 Pilates movements. The movements are adapted to decrease the pressure on the discs in the low back and to focus on muscle imbalances that can created by pain in this area. The adaptations allow people from all walks of life to participate regardless of age, fitness level or past injury.